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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #15 on: 14:17:05, 03 August, 2016 »
The famous Jewel Box star cluster near the Southern Cross is a real gem to view through a scope in our early winter down under

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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #16 on: 16:58:18, 03 August, 2016 »
Very nice capture , thanks for sharing !
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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #17 on: 01:19:09, 05 August, 2016 »
Wow, those southern objects are epic.

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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #18 on: 21:07:50, 06 September, 2016 »
NGC 1502 in Camelopardalis is a small and relatively innocuous cluster, similar in size, but not as bright as the much better known Jewel Box Cluster in Crux (lovely shot, Mike). But its claim to fame is that it lies at the foot of the magnificent waterfall of stars known as Kemble's Cascade. After many cloudy nights, the evening of 5th September was unexpectedly clear and I was able to collect data for this beautiful combination of stars.

QSI 683 on TS65 Quad . Luminance 13 x 5 minutes, RGB each 8 x 5 minutes, all unbinned.  Enhanced star colours and spikes using Noel Carboni's Photoshop Actions and Star Spikes Pro to make this image really sparkle!

For 'pixel peepers' the full size image (1.4 MB!) can be found at http://www.madpc.co.uk/~peterv/astroplover/QSIpics/Large/Kembles.jpg

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Much later, and just a point of interest.  Looking at the image again, I see a resemblance to the 'Coathanger'.  Reduced image below.
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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #19 on: 12:54:19, 07 September, 2016 »
Kemble's Cascade is ace, and this is one of the most appealing images of it I have seen - bravo.

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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #20 on: 12:27:25, 22 September, 2016 »
Haven't seen these stars before, I don't think?

What an intriguing string of stars, some funky colours, they look like Christmas lights but cool non the less Pete  :thumbup:

You are right the cluster lower left does resemble our Jewel Box...also very cool

Enjoyed that

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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #21 on: 14:36:05, 24 September, 2016 »
This isn't often imaged as a 'cluster' because of its size.  But definitely classed as one - the Alpha Persei Moving Cluster Mel 20.  I was struggling to get this in before the deadline (and before going to Kelling Heath), but managed to squeeze in 9 x 5 minute subs a couple of nights ago.   Canon 700D at ISO 800 with 70-200 Canon L lens at 200 mm and f5.6.  The very bright star is of course Mirfak.  Spikes courtesy of the camera lens diaphragm, further enhanced in Photoshop with Star Spikes Pro.

There is an 'ordinary' cluster lurking in that image!  NGC 1245 is just visible on the bottom edge near the right hand side.

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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #22 on: 17:03:26, 24 September, 2016 »
I might get a cluster image next week at "K" and hopefully send it in.

The skies have to be clear there don't they?
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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #23 on: 17:58:17, 24 September, 2016 »
Hoping for good skies at KH Paul, we will accept entries for a few days after, but the UK weather can turn up any side of the coin, I couldn't get much time off work this year so only there from friday for the weekend, so no imaging for me, just bringing the newly refurished dobsonian for some 'between the clouds' enjoyment - good luck with snatching a last minute entry  :urock:
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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #24 on: 01:11:43, 04 October, 2016 »
Kelling wasn't so good, but tonight at home was clear for a few hours and I managed to get some data on NGC7789 - 'Caroline's Rose' in Cassiopeia before the clouds rolled in, hopefully to squeeze it in before the competition closes..

QSI683 on Meade 127 with TSFlat2 and SX AO unit.  L 9 x 5 minutes, RGB each 4 x 5 minutes, as for my other images tweaked with Noel Carboni's actions.  All unbinned.

Cheers,

Peter.
Telescopes: GSO RC10 Truss, Meade S5000 127, TMB 105, TS65 Quad, Solarscope SV50
Binoculars: Canon 15x50 IS
Camera lenses: Canon 400L f5.6, Canon 70-200L f4 zoom, various old M42 thread
Cameras: QSI 683wsg, SX AO, LodestarX2, Artemis285, Canon 350D (modded), Canon 700D, GPCAM2 (colour), GPCAM2 (mono), LE Vesta Pro, Toucam.
Mounts:  Gemini G41 with Pulsar controller. EQ6 Pro, EQ3-2 with Autostar. Star Adventurer
Observatory: 8' Astronomydome

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Re: Imaging Challenge No.4 - SUMMER CLUSTERS
« Reply #25 on: 07:11:39, 08 October, 2016 »
Competition is now closed

The judging process has begun and we will post the results and announce the winners in due course

Thanks for the entries and good luck  :clap:
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